Georgina posted a message about something that really concerned her. “How are we treating migrants and refugees and their families? It seems as if they remain a community on their own and find it hard to integrate with local families. Whether they are men or women or children at school they have many problems that most of us don’t want to get involved with.” “Except when they are cheap labour,” Bob commented. “Churches sometimes do seem to set up projects and programmes and we hope that they will deal with the problem, but from a family point of view, especially with grandparents, I feel quite guilty,” Georgina followed up, “Could we older people at least be more community minded?”.
We acknowledge our wickedness O lord and the iniquity of our fathers, for we have sinned against you. Do not spurn us, for your name’s sake. We set our hope on you. Jere 14:17b – 22.
Pope Francis: Migration is another sign of the times to be faced and understood in terms of its negative effects on family life. Human mobility can prove to be a genuine enrichment for both families that migrate and countries that welcome them. Forced migration resulting from war, persecution, poverty and injustice traumatises people and destabilises families. AL46